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ANIMALS:’Palestinian’ Muslims burn Joseph’s Tomb ahead of ‘day of rage’

Abbas orders inquiry after rioters set compound on fire; Palestinian security forces extinguish blaze; Israel preparing for clashes in West Bank, Gaza after Friday prayers .

Palestinians set alight parts of Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus overnight Thursday as they rioted and threw Molotov cocktails, while security forces have prepared for confrontations on Friday.

Palestinian security forces chased the arsonists away and put out the fire.


The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and the head of the Civil Administration Brig. Gen. David Menachem spoke with Palestinian officials regarding the incident, who condemned it.


Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ordered the formation of an inquiry commission on the incident, which was described in the official Palestinian news agency as an irresponsible act. Abbas also instructed immediate repairs to the site.

Hamas declared Friday a “day of rage”, as was the case on every Friday for the past month. Other Palestinian factions are also expected to clash with security forces at long-standing points of friction in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron. East Jerusalem is also expected to be the site of confrontations


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